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>> good afternoon, everybody, i'm ashley webster. lori: great to have you here. will today be the day, the dow within striking range of an new all-time high. ashley: what about spending cuts due tomorrow? no sign of progress in washington. what's new? retired four star general wesley clark's take in mibs. lori: lou dobbs cuts through the washington hype as parties dig in ahead of budget talks at the white house. ashley: behind the business, me
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liz is francis live in austin, texas with a look at jpmorgan. melissa? >> that's right. jamie dimon out on the road on a famous bus tour, my third with him, and out to rally the troops. it could be harder this time around begin the layoffs announced this week. 4,000 coming for branches like this. coming up, talking with pablo sanchez, manager of consumer banking, drilling down on data used internally at the bank where they make decisions to decide what to do based on what their customers are doing. they have access to 50 million customers, one nugget, for example, they saw spending up 15% in january, year over year, a big jump. they will talk about integrating the layoffs and plans in the future. back to you. >> lots to discuss. thank you so much. time for stocks as we do every 15 minutes, to the floor of the new york stock exchange.
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nicole, stocks, well, clinging to gains. what are the traders saying? >> clinging to gapes, and the vix changed direction, slightly higher today, pulling back now. the dollar remains strong. we got economic news mixed. the weekly jobless claims, better than expected, but the gross domestic product was weaker than expected. also, retail drugs, banks, all doing well today. i wanted to talk about what we're seeing for the week; right? looks like a winning week on wall street. not far off from the all-time highs, as you noted, right there at the top of the show, showing that great graphic; right? less than 70, about 70 points from the all-time closing highs. we should note the difference. that's something, obviously, we'll continue to watch. one thing we have to say that the s&p500 is on track to rebound from its first weekly loss seen last week after eight straight weeks of gains so the trend has been to the upside. italy and europe have been behaving well, at least for
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today and yesterday, and so, also, ben bernanke helping things along as well. back to yo but on the phone: ashley: all right, thank you very much. well, tomorrow is the deadline. the automatic spending cuts set to hit as soon as president obama signs the order. what can we expect and when? peter barnes has answers and doing fact checking on the sequester. peter? >> hey, ashley. large chunks of the budget, trillions, in fact, exempt from any sequester cuts such as social security, medicaid, and the va. now, for other potential cuts, the white house carefully words some of its dire warnings saying the food and drug administration could conduct 2100 fewer food inspections, may have to furlough all food inspectors for two weeks. that one has got one republican member of the house agriculture committee angry. >> the implication was it was going to suddenly stop. i don't think that's the case. if you're a responsible manager, and i hope vilsack is, he'll
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roll furloughs through the system between now, mash of 1st, and september 30th. no reason one shop should be shut down. >> a house republican, sam graves, asked faa add minute -- administrator yesterday what year of spending levels that the sequester cuts force the faa back to. she said 2008. graves said he was baffle that the administration's warning that air traffic controllers will be furloughed at those levels since they were not back then. graves added, quote, the sky is not falling. as for all the sequester cuts in total, one research shop saying today, quote, many ordinary americans will not notice a difference at all, and many won't notice a difference for months. ashley? ashley: we're going to survive. peter barnes in dc, thank you, peter. lori: sequester slashes 2% of the federal government's total budget, a large part of the cuts
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from defense. no one knows the impact the cuts could have better than retired four star general and former presidential candidate wesley clark, general, thank you for joining us. it could take a hit this year with congressional research service estimating a loss of defense dependent jobs by 907,000. will it be that bad? >> you know, it could be very damaging. 2013, already five months into the fiscal year, had a continuing resolution authority. we don't have a budget, and when you try to take the money out, it comes out, principally from salaries, from repairs, from spare parts, and from fuel purchases. one estimate i heard says that the united states army may take a over 30% cut in its operations and maintenance account so lots
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of training won't occur. people stay in the motor pools for the quick, they won't be going out to the national training, and aircraft won't be flying. the truth is no one has a 100% grip on this. what's going on in the pentagon is being mirrored down the line as people are figuring out how to take the cut. they'll do the cuts in the most responsible fashion. that's the problem. lori: i understand. treasury had figures on defense spending in ten years. it's risen 54% in the last decade, a real increase. inflation adjusted, and obviously, two wars. that increase actually includes money spent under president obama too. a 2% overall federal budget cut, small potatoes, and considering it increased by that much in that period of time, there's a lot of fat in the military.
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>> well, i'm not sure if it's fat, but it is -- these are requirements that people saw that were funded by congress. everything was approved. every requirement was justified. every dollar in that defense program multiple layers. the administrators and bureaucrats said we need this. >> the sequesteration in development was designed to be so ridiculous cuts would never happen. are there better cuts for defense? do you have recommendations that make more sense than the punitive cuts tomorrow? >> well, sure. normally, when you do cuts, you don't put an artificial con straint on it saying every program is equally cut. you look for the things that -- i say if you kill a big weapons system, you can get billions out of that. maybe you don't need it. in the past, they have killed big weapon systems when they had to save money. the department of defense is
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probably the most experienced group of all in how to deal with perspective cuts. it starts at the top, all the way to the bottom, comes back up. it's going on right now in the pentagon. i'm sure there's a lot of people who ate pizza last night. lori: where should the cuts happen, general? >> at various levels. when money goes down, it has to get sliced up and smaller and smaller bits, so -- lori: right now, it's the president deciding where the cuts happen. that's the problem. >> sure, at the top. he's not the one saying in fort carson, colorado, 15 houses that were to be repaired will not be repaired this year. that happens somewhere else. it trickles down all the way down. there may be a big cut, okay, protect military manpower, but not protecting fuel savings. somehow that cut to fuel purchases goes all the way down to where some company commanders in fort carson or fort hood says
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we can't move the tanks for the next 30 days because we don't have the fuel. lori: interesting. there's proposal vie various congress people to eliminate the draft. that's a small portion, about 20-25 million i believe, but we have thousands of troops stationed in europe since the cold war. those are ideas that have been bantied about this week. what do you think of those? >> well, i think they are reaching. look, as a defense budget has grown, the defense department can responsibly cut back. coming out of afghanistan, there are savings that are going to be made, but i think we have to put the defense program in the context of what is the national strategy, so i -- i'd be opposed to further cuts in europe. we've done a lot of cutting in europe. we need forces there to reassure allies. they maintain stability, and they use europe as a launching pad for educational where. lori: i have no time, but i'm curious, if the sequester cuts happen, our national security is in more serious jeopardy?
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are we at risk? >> i think we'll get through it. i think the united states will survive. we'll make it. there's individual hardship. that's the issue. lori: okay. we sure thank you for your time and insights. general, a real pleasure. thank you. >> thank you. ashley: interesting stuff. is your cell phone the new bank teller? online banking changes the way banks are run, of course, and we go behind the banks with melissa fran sis and pablo sanchez is next. lori: a look at metals at the chairman wrapped up his testimony before congress. gold is down. we're back after this. ♪ clients are always learning more
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lori: jpmori gain getting lean, and the banks giant cutting 4,000 jobs, but expanding the number of branches by 100 locations each year. melissa francis is in austin texas with the man in charge of
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all of jpmorgan retail bank branches. hi, melissa. >> that's right. hey, lor. joined by pablo sanchez, thanks so much for coming on the show. >> thank you for having me. >> on the bus tour talking to the troops here, rallying them, and it has to be tougher in the news that you were going to lay folks off, 19,000 across the board, 4,000 in branches. how is everyone taking that news? is it -- how do you reconcile those things? >> we've been on the tour and it's great. great feedback from the employees, and for us, yeah, a number out there of 17 # ,000 folks who were going to reduce head count with and 4,000 in the consumer bank. those are all through attrition. the others in the mortgage banking side where defaults are down, obviously, good news for us and the economy, and we do a great job of redeploying the folks. >> the overall picture, i know you are opening 100 branches a year across the country.
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at the same time that you try to reduce the head count. what's that neon for inside the branch? >> well, inside the branch, we have great people. we continue to think that our branches are competitive advantage for us. as you know, for many, many years, transactions have been down, 16% over the last two years, and so as we think about it as good business owners, we want to make sure we staff our branches appropriately and first timely, and it's really been the same trend for many years now. >> with so many people turning to mobile banking where you are a leader across the industry, does it make sense to keep opening branches? do you need physical locations when so many people are going online, and so many people use mobile banking? >> that's a question we get a lot. we have done research about it. whether folks are young or old, they want to talk to somebody in a branch when they open a new account. for us, we feel it's important that our distribution is there. quite frankly, as they get further in their life cycle and have further financial needs, we want to be able to talk about
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mortgage banking, business banking investments, and so that's the place for us to be able to do that, and customers like it. >> one thing that analysts are worried about when it comes to this is the idea that revenue disappeared from overdraft fees and debit fees. how do you replace that? >> for us, deepening relationships with the customers. we understand that our customers voted with their feet to do banking with us, and so being able to offer them the other products i mentioned, mortgage banking, investments, those things, if we can deepen the relationship by creating a great customer experience, that's something we want to do, and if customers like us, they want to do more business with us. >> getting all the business is part of the push behind opening the branches. >> absolutely. >> so a lot of the focus in terms of expandingfuls -- expanding was through california and florida. now it seems like there's other directions. what's the target right now in terms of reach in markets that you want to penetrate? >> as you mentioned, california and florida are great growth markets for us. sthail continue to -- they'll continue to be that for
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us. we'll look at the other states we have. we're in 21 states across the country. we'll infill in those places where we think we can really grow the business and other customers. >> what's the mood like when you are here? whether it's customers or your tellers? i mean, how to people feel about the economy and what's going on right now? >> well, as you know, we've been on the bus sture r -- tour, stopped at employee centers, employees have been on the bus, and asking them to give us feedback, and, quite frankly, it's been amazing. in texas, we got 675 branches. we got 31,000 employees for the firm here in this state, and the economy -- >> they are not worried about the sequester and all things that everybody's worried about? >> people are really worried about what's happening to them in their day-to-day life, and we have great solutions for them. we're okay. >> okay. pablo sanchez thank you so much. at 5 p.m. on "money," the man, himself, jamie dimon has an exclusive interview. that's later. back to you.
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>> brave man, jamie dimon sitting with you, melissa. work forward that. thank you. as we do every 15 minutes, checking the markets. nicole another the nysc. you're watching the retailers. >> ashley, yes. look at a couple retailers, starting with jcpenney, up off the earlier lows of the day; however, you can still see that a disastrous quarter causes an atrocious stock move for shareholders today, who i'm sure are not pleased that are 14% drop for jcpenney, which already has been struggling over the last 52 weeks, down nearly 50%. they orvel have been working -- obviously worked hard on changing their plans and presenting the store to the promotions they have taken away and reinstated with ron johnson. that's something they continue to watch. gap on the move. the company reports after the bell today. gap, old navy, banana republic, up 2%. unlike jcpenney, it's actually a
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winner over the last 52 weeks, up 40%. analysts looking for them to post revenuings of 4 #.6 billion. back to you. ashley: impressive. thank you very much. speaking of which, catch full coverage of gap's earnings on "after the bell" here on the fox business network starting at 4 p.m. eastern. lori: i wear colored denim while i watch. ashley: very good. lori: you think so? sequester happens, and then what happens? lou dobb weighs in ahead. ashley: california bad for business? that's what rick perry said on a recruiting trip to the golden state. california's governor, jerry brown, is firing back. that's next. she's always been able to brighten your day.
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>> this is your fox news minute. in a fair well speech to cardinals today, pope benedict is promising reverence and obedience to the successor.
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monday, they get together to set the date for the conclave to choose the next pope. the former prime minister being investigated for allegedly bribing a senator with almost $4 million to switch parties and support him back in 2006. the attorney calling the acquisition groundless, and he and his party came in a close second in this week's lexes that failed to form a new government. bradley manning, the army private charged in the biggest leak of classified material in u.s. history, offers guilty pleas for ten of the 22 charges against him. he would be pleading guilty to sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the wikileaks welcomes, and if the judge accepts it, he faces 20 years in prison. those are the latest headlines, back to ashley. ashley: thank you so much. we appreciate that. all right, stock alert. dow hitting session highs adding to gains after the big jumps seen over the past two sessions.
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50 points shy of the all-time high. we're on track for all three averages, and that makeses it, by the way, four straight. look at the leaders on the dow right now including coca-cola, verizon, and the big winner, hp. the market continues its climb north. lori: california bad for business? that's what texas governor rick perry said on a recruiting trip pointing a finger at the state's high tax burden. we are live in california with more on the tax plight from california. adam? >> well, the people here in california feel the finger that governor perry pointed at them was not number one. it was bad for business here in california, so governor jerry brown responded. here's what he told fox business. >> do you think if a few tricks from a politician makes a difference? people invest money where they think there's a return. the ideas, the infrastructure,
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the climate, the opportunity is right here on the pacific rim. >> it may be here, but there's no escaping the fact that a lot of businesses feel that this is a state that's very difficult to do business in. for instance, let's take a look at one of the tax structures they have to deal with in california. the state capital gains rate combined with the federal capital gains rate compared to some other countries. for instance, denmark, that combines tax rate with 42%, california, it's 33%. france, 32.5%. and new york, 31.4%. talk about the business climate in california, 9,000 jobs a year depending on which research firm you go to, 9,000 lost because firms close or move out. here's how governor brown responded to that. >> california attracts foreign investment since the gold rush. sometimes it slips back, sometimes it takes a wrong turn, but over the years and decades,
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it's been upward and on ward. when i was governor the first time, the income of california was 150 billion. now it's close to 2 trillion. this is where the new industries are, the creativity, the movies the internet, google, apple, and all the rest of that. facebook. >> when you talk about on ward and upward, california and texas lead the nation in job creation, but a recent survey by the business round table in california of business leaders, 62 #% of business leaders say it's harder to do business in california than other states. it's one of the reasons that arizona and fairfax county, virginia opened offices here to not only recruit, but help businesses relocate and open offices in their communities. we're going to be talking with the governor of arizona coming up on fox business, and then we're going to be speaking with garch on how to get the state a more friendly business
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environment. >> all right, thank you. student loan debt on the rise. according to a new report from the federal reserve bank of new york, 35% of people under the age of 30 are at least 90 days late on their student loan payments, a 9% increase from 2008 and a 14 #% increase from 2004. that's not all that's rising. more students taking out loans to pay for college. 43% of 25-year-olds had education debt in 2012. that is a 10% jump from four years ago. now, the higher number of late loans points to adults unable to find jobs and debates the real value of a college education. lori: a vicious circle of the low cost borrowing, helps the university and academic institutions, raise tuition saying student loan debt is the next bubble to burst. ashley: horrible to graduate without a job scene have
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hundreds of thousands of debt. lori: you said it. when the sequester hits, will you notice? ashley: the sky is falling hype, straight ahead, lou dobbs is here. lori: speaking of flying high, new highs, who is up and down? most of the components on the dow surfing the wave today. cisco just kicked lower, but, really five stocks down, 25 up. thanks for helping me with that. that was tough. back after this. ♪
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we're getting closer and closer to the all-time closing high on the dow jones industrial average. we have this great graphic we'll show you. the record closing high back on october 9th, it was 14,164 and change. i is just moments before we launched the fox business network. but we're not too far off those levels now at 14,121. when you look at the dow jones industrial average, most of the names on the dow actually have up arrows. the vix, the fear index, has pulled back. names as home depot, at&t, verizon leading the way on the dow jones industrial average. the best performer today sup 2% and that is hewlett-packard. just a handful of names with red arrows. for the most part it is all green right now and we're up 43 points on wall street getting close to the all-time highs. back to you. lori: thank you, nicole. ashley: are we less than two days away from absolute economic armageddon? lori: according to the president, yes. ashley: listen to recent warnings from president obama's cabinet members. >> kids are going to get
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hurt. kids will get hurt that is just reality. >> there are things we'll not be able to do as well, like secure between the ports of entry on the land borders. >> there will be pain and the american people will be less safe. >> cuts to budget mean preventative maintenance and quick repair of runway equipment might not be possible. lori:. ashley: pain, hurt, safety. but if you listen to the american people, sound a little bit different. according to a "gallup poll", 37% said they would tell the members of congress to let the spending cuts go as scheduled you would. 45% said they would like to see congress pass a measure averdict cuts. not exactly overwhelming number that reflects alarm bells we've been hearing. time for lou dobbs to jump in. the sky will not fall, is it? >> i can't imagine how anybody would have gotten that position. don't you love janet napolitano. ashley: land borders. >> land borders.
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the borders she refuses to secure. these are some of the silliest people who have ever served in the united states government, folks. it is that simple. i said on my broadcast last night what we're watching is the most farcical administration that i can recall. it is pitiful to watch, really. we're talking about, as, finally the congressional budget office came out with a statement on the actual costs of sequestration will be, in outlays, for fiscal 2013, $44 billion. about 1% of the total budget. and you listen, as we did to the surrogates from the cabinet of this great presidency and you would think, as you say, the sky is falling. that the economy will just be destroyed. these folks are going to be held accountable, at least in the public consciousness, if not the public conscience come monday when the world is not an entirely different place. this is the height of
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irresponsibility. we have bob woodward being attacked viciously by this white house because he had the guts to say, he hasn't seen this kind of madness in a long time. and they, david plouffe, attacking the man. viciously. i got to tell you. this is scurrilous what this administration is doing. there is nothing funny bit. and it is an idealogical and political attack which i will say to you, david plouffe, and to the obama white house, you will regret. ashley: the question on impact to the u.s. economy, buried in the weeds this week, ben bernanke, federal reserve chairman said, well sequestration might shave off 40 basis points. a half a percent but later in the year it should bounce right book. >> it will not do a thing. these markets, where are these markets? you just showed us. 40 points from an all-time high. investors are telling the administration to --. lori: that was a better hand gesture than napolitano.
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>> more of an arm gesture. these markets are saying you're behaving like idiots in washington. we have no time for it. we have a vote coming up on a republican plan that would effectively turn over to the administration, the power for $85 billion in cuts. this is a gambit by the republican party in the midst of a very important moment in history and they're political cuteness just overwhelmed them. this is crazy. lori: do you think the republicans will be able to stick by their guns and prevent anymore tax revenue increases? how do you think this will all sort out? >> i think it will basically go ahead. it will amount to nothing. if the republican party is not careful here, if the republican party is not careful here, they are going to seal their fate because they are acting with many voices, with many views, instead of one voice and one view, and one direction in the national interest in perfect public view. that has consequences. ashley: is the gop split as you now as you suggest?
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you have the hard right and the moderates. there is no common ground between those two? >> ashley, it is more than conservatives and liberals within the republican party itself. this is a contest, i mean you've got eric cantor and john boehner. it is hard to describe them as significantly principled conservatives. it's impossible to call them much more than moderate. but yet there is a contest, if you will, that, for anonymity, for whatever reason, they simply can't find a message, a position, that they hoed so dear that they will go forward with a message. and that seems to be the problem, you know, i was talking with senator john barosso, to i -- who i think is one. finest senators in this country and he is a clear and intelligent voice. there are few right now operating. we watched the republican speckel of challenging chuck halg hagel and two weeks
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vote for him. lori: only four right? >> four voted for him but they had to permit cloture. lori: a technicality. >> a technicality that matters. ashley: lou dobbs, thank you as always for being here. >> thank you. ashley: don't forget lou, you can see him every day at this time. of course it is at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern tonight, you can catch bullies, veteran journalist bob woodward and the obama administration. woodward claimed the administration threatened him for simply telling the truth about sequestration. lori: i'm on lou's a-team tonight. ashley: what's that? lori: i'm on lou's a-team. ashley: wow! all-star cast. >> we mean a. ashley: a-plus team. lori: i'm shameless. ashley: you are. that's okay. lori: investors weighing if they should pull out of troubled hedge fund sac capital. charlie gasparino has the exclusive new details next. ashley: will today be the
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lori: what is --. ashley: what is the test used by major investors deciding whether or not to yank money out of the troubled hedge fund sac capital? charlie gasparino has the exclusive new details. he joins us by phone. charlie, what have you found out? >> as you guys know $1.7 billion has been yanked out of sac capital. that will come out over the next year the way the schedule works. we should point out the next redemption date, that was the past redemption date in february. the next redemption date will be in may. there are a lot of people weighing their odds and looking at their options whether to take money out. here are the four things. i'm getting this from major investors, people at blackstone, major investors have big money in there and still have not taken all of it out. what they're looking essentially is management turnover. number one, very low management turnover at sac capital. number two, returns. we should point out sac has pretty good returns.
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n january of this year they are up 2%. number three. this is kind of huge. they're looking at what's known as the statute of limitations involving steve cone. now here's the key. the, one of the big cases that are out there involving cohen, including this matthew martola business, the statute of limitations ends in july. every day we get closer to that, looks like steve cohen will not get indicted. those are the basic tests here. i could tell you that everything is basically panning out okay for sac capital. we should point out that investors kind of like some redemptions. guess what? when a firm like this, $14 billion under management gets smaller it is easier to manage. you can make more money out of it. sac has its own capital of their members. steve cohen has 6 billion. partners have another two billion. it is still formidable without the outside money. the big things, guys, is the
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indictment. and will the statute of limitations run out. i tell you that july date is pretty key. that's when it is over. if they don't bring a case against him by july, what a lot of big investors are saying they probably won't bring a case because a lot of these charges stem from 2008, and before. and by the way, there is five years for you right there. that's where we are right now. may is a big date in terms of redemptions. if they think that, that cohen could get indicted between may and june and may and july, you could see a lot more money coming out. billions. i would say much more than 1.7 billion. it all depends. does the guy that has been indicted on that one big kise does he flip and doesn't look like he will. listen, this is a bet. like the market. the betting right now is that every day it gets closer to july, money will not come out. steve cohen survives. ashley: charlie, quickly, you can only take out 25% per quarter. it would take you a year so get all your money out
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anyway, right? >> yeah. but still, when you start, you know, pulling the plug it's a cascading effect. and you know, yes, you can't pull it out all at once. it looks like he is getting indicted. i'm not saying he is. it is clear that the government wants matthew martima to flip. there has been no secret about that every day closer to july he doesn't, guess what? it is, steve cohen must be doing high fives. that is the potentially the due date. ashley: very good stuff. charlie gasparino. charlie, thanks for joining us with the latest on sac capital. very interesting. lori: let's check with markets with nicole on the floor of the new york stock exchange. we're get being ever so close to the all-time record on the dow. not the all-time, i should be clear. a record on the dow. >> you're right. it would be our all-time closing high, lori. you're right on the money with that one. that's what we're looking at here. october 9th of 2007, we set the all-time closing high of 14,164. as you can see here we're
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about 40 points away. obviously is a really big deal. the vix, the fear index, it taking a big breather. you may remember earlier in the week, remember monday we lost over 200 points and the vix had been surging about 34% going into the closing bell? we completely erased what we saw in those gains on the vix, right? the fears and concerns that have been, concerns about the economy, concerns about what the fed might think, and concerns about italy and their austerity measures and whether or not they would continue with that and of course the sequestration tomorrow, that seems to be the one remaining factor, the one wildcard but other than that we obviously had very accommodative monetary policy here and abroad. it gives the opportunity for the markets to take off to get closer to the record highs. thank you. lori: thanks, nicole for clarifying that. it is so fascinating you're not seeing a rush to the exits a day before the sequestration. ashley: not at all. lori: that sends so much. that the market is confidence. ashley: ho-hum. lori: exactly. ashley: the dow and s&p as we know flirting with new highs.
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let's see what traders are saying in pits of the cme. sandra smith has reaction in today's trade. sandra. >> hey, ashley. it is real interesting. things are settling down here in the cme group in chicago. traders are in the wait and see mode. we have the rally on hand with the dow up 47 points. you see in the background the calm has set in, wait and see marked for identification for the end of the day. will we hang onto the gains? will we hit the all-time high on the dow? traders expected a little bit of pushback in the stock market. not getting any of that. they were using the fiscal cliff action as sort of a guideline of the doesn't seem to be a blueprint for budget talks so to speak. traders waiting to see how we wrap up the day. a lot of people are looking at the fact goldman sachs pud out a report heading to this week that hedge fund were most exposed to the stock market than they have been in six years. everybody is watching the stock market. guess what, guys? as the stock market continues to rally, money flows out of the precious
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metals markets. gold and silver both getting hit today. we're watching it for you guys. back to you. lori:. ashley: good point on that, sandra. thank you very much. lori: pandora users there are new rules if you listen to the online station on the mobile phone. reaction next. ashley: look at some of the day's winners and losers on the nasdaq as we head to break. ♪ . [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved sming, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems,
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ashley: pandora changing its tune and placing a limit on free listening for mobil. shibani joshi has all the details. >> the fact we get free streaming music is pretty remarkable. you expect as the years and industry evolve that is
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going to change and pandora is getting hip with all of that making small incremental changes to try to bring in incremental revenue. there is two ways to look at it. the stock price is down reacting favorably to the news, when the news leaked on tuesday night. yesterday it was up. trading a little bit lower here. pandora shareholders are looking for important measures to deal, these important measures to deal with rising costs 6 acquiring new music. the cost of act choiring -- acquiring new music take up to 60% of revenues. this is good news or a win-win for pandora. shareholders and pandora users are scratching their head what will happen. tim westergren is a great music lover and great entrepreneur in the industry. saying the per track royalty rates have increased more than 25% over the last three years and are scheduled to increase an additional 6% over the next two years. but here's a catch here. the limit is, 40 hours per
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week. and that is, a small sliver of the affected user base. if nct they think only 2.6 million users will be impacted. the company has 65 million users overall. stifel nicolaus very happy billion this move reiterating a buy on pandora shares saying mobile listening cap, this mobile listening cap could generate significant cost savings and have to be good for margins. overall a win-win, affecting a very small percentage of the population. ashley? lori:. ashley: interesting. shibani joshi, thank you so much. lori: here is an interesting economic indicator. the tooth fairy. looks like she is loosening up her purse strings. a new poll by delta dental the average tooth in 2012 was worth $2.42. up more than 15% from 2011 but this could mean more than just some good news for kids. parents annual tooth fairy payments have been used to predict the state of the economy and if this highly scientific index is correct, this year will be a great one for the markets. just look at the dow today,
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flirting with a record. ashley: i would love ben bernanke to testify in front of the senate banking committee and cite the latest study on the tooth fairy. what i want to know how did it come out to $2.42? that means there are twigses. don't you give go bucks, five bucks. lori: children lose their teeth and lose one or two at a time. it is average. let me tell you something. if i put two bucks under the pillow would not be satisfied. ashley: the wow. lori: okay. we do have an all-time high on the dow, 14,000 oh, not yet. misunderstood my direction. ashley: 34 points away from --. lori: 34 points shy. still a firm gain. 57 points. 14,132. ashley: we're keeping an eye on that. tracy byrnes and i will take you through the next hour of trading. he went from shorting apple to buying it. zack's senior strategist
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for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. tracy: hey, goods afternoon, i'm tracy byrnes. ashley: i'm ashley webster. getting closer. the dow is at session highs. now within about 37 points or there abouts of hitting its all-time closing high. it could break the milestone at any moment. we're watching for it of course all hour. tracy: and two last-ditch efforts to stop automatic spending cuts just hours away and will they work? i doubt it. sorry. the latest developments ahead. plus what will really happen on day one? will it be less chaotic than some in washington want us to believe? ashley: will we survive? golden state grab. arizona and other states setting up shop inside of california trying to lure away tax-weary businesses. arizona governor jan brewer will tell us whether it is working or not straight ahead. tracy: it is top of the hour. time for stocks as we do
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every 15 minutes. nicole petallides on the floor of the exchange. up 54 points. a big difference when i talked to you at noon. >> right. this is really an exciting time for wall street especially for everybody who lost so much during the financial crisis when we saw the dow down to 6500. back in 2007 these were the levels where we were. we are just about 30 points or so, give a little more than at that, away from our all-time closing high set back in october of 2007. the dow jones industrials right now gaining almost half of 1%. there you go. 34 points to be exact, away from our all-time closing high set back on october 9th. the majority of the sectors are in the green. the vix, fear index has completely erased obviously all that worry that we saw on monday. actually turned into the red. we're watching most of the sectors here. drug stocks, bank stocks, retailers. banks are lagging a little bit, doing very well. less concern about europe. less concern about the fed. a little focus still of
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course on washington for tomorrow. you should say we're having a winning month and obviously all-time highs taking a look at. back to you. >> good stuff, nicole. we like to hear that see you in 15 minutes. ashley: with the market closing in on another winning month how long can this rally last? that is what everyone is asking. joining us chad morgan lander, portfolio manager at stifel nicolaus. chad, look, as the markets edge toward these all-time highs, the economic data anemic. heading in the right direction but not very quickly. the fed is printing money happily. is the rally fact or fiction? >> well it's fact. i mean you have a liquidit liquidity-drawn rally and we believe that the rally could continue up to around 1575 for the s&p 500. but we have to have a hand-off between a liquidit liquidity-driven rally and actually an earnings-driven rally. anything past 1575 we would be more comfortable if we started to see earning
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growth for the s&p. earnings growth for the s&p for q4 of last year was only around 3.6%. so it was rather lackluster. we need to see a reacceleration of that. ashley: so what is driving the markets? you say it is a two-part story. explain. >> well, you have the liquidity event, right? the federal reserve will continue to push on the gas accelerator. a rough estimate of $85 billion every month. and we think that's going to continue well into 2014. but also what you have happening here, you have a growth story on the economy. the economy seems to be improving. you are starting to see the real estate market improve. so now you have housing prices being lifted. you're starting to see manufacturing here in the united states slowly improve. and also, global, global growth is slowly improving and reaccelerating. but what we really need to see again, ashley, you need to see this turn into an
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earnings driven kind of rally. ashley: in the meantime, what are you telling your clients right now? how do they play this environment? >> so, on our all-cap equity portfolio we're right now overweight technology stocks and several technology companies that we have in our portfolio are the likes of cisco, oracle, and accenture. all three of these companies are trading with a, a lower multiple than the s&p 500. they're all consistently growing. and they're quite profitable. and they have very little debt actually. ashley: it is interesting you mentioned tech because you have the likes of apple and facebook and google. would you buy those stocks on the dip right now? >> well, we would be buying those stocks on the dip. the likes of apple, for example, that is also and in our portfolio. we do like that. it has about $125 of cash on its balance sheet. it's got a very good earnings yield and we think though, that just because of the debate about, what
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they're going to do with the cash on their balance sheet, we're looking more towards apple for innovative story. that they will continue to come out with high-tech cell phones that population are going to want and it will be a growth story for the coming years. ashley: how concerned are you about europe? it has been lurking back there. it has been back in the headlines with the italian election. could this be a year, it has been off the radar for a little while. are you concerned that could flare up and hurt the markets here? >> that is definitely on the radar screen and the european issue in general is somewhat sluggish. in fact it is contracting. the european economy is contracting by half a percent in 2013. and in 2014 perhaps it will still be contracting. the italian issue though is a very special issue because the more populist vote is starting to become more of the majority. i think that's still though has several years to play out before it becomes quite
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disruptive to the equity markets you about it is something to keep in mind from a risk perspective. ashley: chad, before we have to end this conversation what target do yyu have on the s&p? >> well 1575 on the s&p 500, and that would indicate from here on in for the end of the year of total return of around 6%. for the ten year bond, we think the 10-year treasury will trade around 2 to 2.25%. ashley: very good. lots of great information. chad morganlander with stifel nicolaus. thanks so much. >> thank you for having me, ashley. tracy: we're less than 36 hours from the so-called results of the sequester. we need it. shirts for that. there are last-ditch efforts to try to avert $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. our rich edson is capitol hill. everyone is waiting for the sky to fall, rich. what the heck. >> if that is what is going to happen. at least seems doubtful at least friday this isn't going to be avoided. the senate will vote on two
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proposals in what you call a last-ditch effort to avoid automatic spending cuts set to begin tomorrow. both will fail. the republican proposal louse the president to move money from one area to the next to at least lessen the blow of these spending cuts. the democratic proposal, it replaces almost one full year of these spending cuts with other spending cuts and tax increases over the next decade. both proposals will fail. and so basically you have had republican and democratic leaders out all day with no change in position, or rhetoric. >> if you address the tax expenditure issue, it will limit the amount of deductions people can take you will have a fairer tax system and you will not have to then take food out of the mouths of seen jurors. >> how much more money do we want to steal from the american people to fund more government? i'm for no more. >> the house is done for the day after these votes. the senate will be done for the week. that is about it for them. they're not coming in tomorrow.
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congressional leaders head to the white house to talk to the president. something republicans have called little more than a photo-opportunity. back to you. tracy: we have had lots of those lately, rich edson. lots of photo-ops. thank you, sir. ashley: and little else. another battle is escalating over the spending cuts but this one between the white house and legendary reporter bob woodward. the white house is denying woodward's claim, a quote, a very senior member the administration told him he would regret his reporting on the sequester. fox news has learned the source of the alleged threat was national economic council director gene sperling. woodward reported that the automatic spending cuts were the white house's idea and president obama was trying to remove the goalposts by replacing the sequester with tax hikes and spending cuts instead of just spending cuts. the white house denies that but says no threat was intended. former obama aid david plouffe, tweeted quote, watching woodward is the last two days, imagining my died dole mike schmidt facing live pitching again.
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perfection gained once is rarely repeated. tracy: unnecessary, mr. plouffe. ashley: getting ugly. tracy: you know what? he is right. woodward is right. how about that? ashley: he picked on the wrong guy. tracy: big-time. what happens on day one of the spending cuts? will the sky fall? will teachers really be laid off and airplanes grounded as some want you to believe? peter barnes will bring reality back next. ashley: plus, california poaching. arizona governor jan brewer tells us how her state is selling itself to california companies fed up with high taxes. the first as we do at this time every day let's take a look how oil is trading, inching lower again, down about 36 cents at $92.40 a barrel. we'll be right back. friday nht, buddy.
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money with charles payne. this hour charles is hoping investors cash in on a major cloud and web hosting pioneer that this stuff confuses me. >> it does confuse everyone, rack space. made a lot of fun of the name. tracy: fresh off my sexual harrassment seminar. ashley: obviously didn't learn anything. >> does anyone ever learn things from those? rack space, until recently this was a mind-boggling company. if you look up the last five years, the stock went from five to whatever a gazillion dollars a share. got ush crushed here recently. with the cloud obviously you have more competition. in addition to that, there is more and more technology coming out. some of this new technology comes online it hurts them. these guys have to cut their prices by 33%. ashley: ouch. >> it really crushed the stock big-time, but, bouncing off --. ashley: hate it when that happens. >> that is pretty clear. but i think that, it might have hit a bottom, you know. there is nothing clear-cut
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like this. not a lot of volume. only thing i did use was a five-year chart. this is coming off the bottom of the trading channel. i will tell you there is a big difference between the private cloud and public cloud. these guys do private cloud stuff. in other words they go to the company. they put cloud stuff on top of existing infrastructure where it is a lot more secure. amazon does the public cloud stuff. anyone can join amazon to use their cloud stuff. that is growing. this private cloud business eventually one estimate, forrester said it will be $159 billion industry by 2020. this company had a major hiccup. i watched it for a long time. it is a amazing momentum stock. the good news when it goes up it goes up but bad news when it goes down it hit as sheer cliff. i think it is oversold here. everyone is going there, there is no doubt about that. it is just a matter of these guys, they will outgrow the industry next five years. every agrees. just having pricing power
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and bringing it to the bottom line. tracy: interesting you have a private cloud and public cloud. ashley: a lot of clouds. >> a lot of clouds. tracy: can you he bring in the cloud? i don't know. charles payne. thank you. ashley: good stuff. it is quarter past or coming up to it. time to check markets. nicole at the nyse where we go every 15 minutes. nicole, getting closer to the all-time closing high. >> this is a very exciting time, ashley and tracy. you're talking about the fact we're getting closer and closer to the all-time closing high we set back in october 2007. there it is, 14,164. you could see we're just 20 one points away. could today be the day? the vix, fear index pulled back. you have 408 of 5 hundred names in the s&p five with up arrows. i want to quickly get through retailers. there were a lot of concerns about jcpenney. they came out with a very dismal fourth quarter. over 52 weeks it is down almost 50%. there it is down 15%.
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a quick look at also coles, profit -- kohl's, profit falling. another name we will continue to follow. back to you. ashley: nicole, we'll check back with you in 15 minutes. tracy: you don't want to be jcpenney today. breaking news ashley. ashley: looks like detroit may get close to a state takeover. detroit's mayor david binge that governor rick snyder will announce tomorrow whether the debt-ridden city needs emergency manager. the mayor and city council say know because they don't want state coming in. the governor says it may only way to get to the bottom of the huge debt problem. they have a pensions and a mess and don't have a way to. tracy: it is the city's board holding them back. ashley: a tremendous amount of people and property they get no taxes on. it is a real mess and sad story. a emergency manager could come in or be nouned or could come in or her tomorrow. tracy: we'll definitely keep you posted on that.
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>> 20 minutes past the hour right now. i'm jamie colby. this is your fox news minute. well, it's happened and its changed. benedict xvi papacy is over. the first pope to retire in 600 years will now be known as pope emeritus. in his farewell speech to the cardinals he promised unconditional reference and obedience to whoever his successor is. secretary of state hillary clinton said the u.s. will help syrian rebels with $60 million in nonlethal assistance. that is medical supplies and food that will go directly to syrian rebels for the very first time. aid does not include any weapons or armored vehicles. bradley manning, the army private charged in the
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biggest leak of classified material in u.s. history is offering a guilty plea to 10 of 22 charges against him. manning would plead guilty sending00 of thoses of classified documents to the wikileaks website. if the judge accepts the plea, manning faces up to 20 years in prison. those are the latest headlines. i'm jamie colby. i will send it back to tracy. tracy: jamie colby, thanks very much. >> sure thing. tracy: concerns about spend having raised calls for a complete overhaul of the tax code. now there's talk that tax breaks like your 401(k) could be at risk but our next guest wrote a report expanding tax breaks to more americans and small businesses. she is the vice president and codirector of the economic studies at brookings institute. karen, thanks for being with us right now. you're thinking there should be more tax breaks for low income, low income taxpayers and small businesses. how come? >> well, you know, the paper is really about making the tax code more effective. so the fact is the federal
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government is spending a ton money on these retirement savings programs and it is not clear that these programs are serving their intended purposes. so, you know, much of the subsidy goes to higher income households. i think the thinking there is that those guys do most of the saving and that's entirely correct. but the problem is that these guys are saving a lot anyway and research suggests that giving them more of a subsidy doesn't, doesn't encourage them it save more. it real locates savings. tracy: what about people that don't get the tax breaks? most of them are limited at a certain income tax level anyway. so they're saving on their own. lower income people, well thanks to the payroll tax hike they need the money to make the bills. i don't think it has much to do with the tax benefits. >> yeah. well, so that's, that is something that the paper does address. there are, so first of all, there are some families that don't have the income to
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save but what i share with my numbers there are lots and lots of families, 40% of the american families don't have large amounts of financial assets that could be saving. yes, they're not very responsive to the current types of incentives we have in the tax code. what we know does work is 401(k) plans. they are easy. er they, get households over that hurdle figuring out how to do the saving because you can automatically enroll people with contribution raises. that seems to work well. i argue in the paper that it makes sense to try to give firms tax breaks so that they will establish more of these plans. tracy: but, i mean, taking away from the wealthy, they don't get that stuff to begin with, right? you're limited at 16,000, 17,000 for your 401(k) now regardless of your income tax bracket. cutting deductions and
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credits for the wealthy will not help the savings problem here. >> what i'm proposing we cap the deductions at 28%. it saves a small amount of money and it is enough money to put in some measures that would encourage an expansion of 401(k)-like accounts and still leave some money left over to help to lower the deficit. tracy: yeah. well, you know what? you have got to get, you have got to get them to stay away from the 401(k), that's for sure. karen from the brookings institution. >> thank you. ashley: we have breaking news with nicole petallides down at the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole, what you got? >> actually the crowd is behind me, right? you can zoom out and see the big crowd there. where herbalife is actually halted. it was very interesting. right. you had news pending. that's why we saw it halted. we're talking now about new members being moved to the board of herbalife, carl icahn's favorite. that is obviously what we're
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watching for as far as the headlines crossing. you can see the stock which obviously since the middle of december has been jerked around with so much volatility based on carl icahn, also ackman over at pershing square. is it a ponzi scheme? is it a great company? they clearly denied that. carl icahn stood behind the company while ackman stood by his claims. really their accounting seems a little fuzzy to him. so over the last, since the middle of december we've really seen this stock going back and forth. today is no different. as you can sigh the crowd is back there, continue to follow it. go into the crowd and try to get a feel when it may reopen. as we noted they will nominate two icahn representatives to the board and that was something that everybody had speculated and of course carl icahn has been a real supporter of herbalife, unlike ackman of pershing who has been obviously a big, big, critic. back to you.
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ashley: yeah. the question remains is it more a case of icahn hating ackman so taking the opposite stance on herbalife. thank you, nicole. we'll keep an eye on that. the dow as we know within striking distance of a all-time high. what will it take to cross the milestone. sandra smith talking with traders in the cme in the pits talking about today's trade. >> i've been talking to them. a lot of traders expecting some sort of pullback considering we're 19 points shy in the dow right now of that all-time high. not getting that pushback, in fact right now. in fact the dow is up 69 points right near the highs of the session. so, traders are making bets and placing those bets on the table whether or not we're going to close at that new high today. a lot of them are leaning towards, we're going to see buyers flood into the end of the market today. s&p 500, by the way, most professionable traders watches s&p. if you look at 1624, it is
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three% away from its all-time high. but it is hitting key technical levels sitting at 1524. its all-time high by the way? 1565. the nasdaq a far cry from the 2000 high it hit. it is 30 7% off its high. look at oil prices. commodities are also moving today. while stocks go up, money goes into the stock market out of the commodities market. oil prices are down, gold, silver, getting kicked around. silver is down for the eight of the last he have 11 last trading sessions, guys. there is bearishness. money is coming out and following a stock market rally. everybody is waiting to see how things wrap up the day. back to you. ashley: sandra, thank you very much. senior editor charlie brady, 33 stocks hitting all-time highs today including clorox, general mills. consumer staples. 33 stocks hitting all-time high. tracy: stocks are still going up. a lot of people called for the end of that rally, right?
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billions in automatic spending cuts just hours away. you might not feel their effects right away. peter barnes will tell you everything you need to know next. ashley: first let's take a look at some of today's winners and losers on the s&p. we'll be right back.
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break break news, charlie joining us on the phone with the latest news concerning herbal life. charlie, shares, of course, started trading, again, but what's the latest you heard? >> we have carl icon getting much more deeply involved in the company. either he really hates bill akman, which we know, or he theys that herbal life is an
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amazing company. this is is -- this is what he's done, he upped his stake slightly. there was rumors all week. it's somewhat below 13, and now it's at 13.6%. moreover, he gets two board seats honor for life, gets two seats, icon partners, whatever the company's name is, he's going to get two seats on the company's board, and on top of that, he's got the ability now, according to the press release and what they say is he's got the authority to buy and increase the stake another 25%. it's interesting news. guys, what's the stock doing right now in >> it's up nearly 7% now, charlie, up 2.5, 6.67%. >> caller: there you have it. this shows you the power of the social media, power of twitter, and the power of rue moeings. over the last couple days, i've gotten people on my twitter page saying we understand you're
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going to break a story about carl upping his stake. i'm not kidding you. i can show you the messages. what i told them is, you know, i don't know he's upping the stake, and i'm not interviewing him, but i tried to check out the rumor calling him, the company, really got nowhere, but there it is, a day later, two days later, he has upping his stake slightly now. he's got the authority to up it even more. he has board seats. this is really fascinating. it's fascinating in this way. carl icon, as you know, for a lot of reasons we don't have to get into, hates bill akman, the famous short seller who says herbal life is a scheme. he is betting with a lot of money now. it's -- it seems to me -- well, i mean, carl has money to burn. you know he's worth probably $10 billion, but, you know, you don't go in this much unless purely hatred. he must see something here. take it for what it's worth,
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people, betting on this stock. i will tell you one thing about herbal life. it is a stock that's heavily traded. our viewers that trade stocks, you know, this things moves, you know, with a blink, and you know it's up 7% now. this is another -- if you're a bull on this stock, this is another sort of point in your favor. carl icahn getting in big, a guy with a big track record, goes back many years. bill has a good track record as well, but that's where we are right now. you know, the story's unfolding. like i said, you, you know, sometimes there's rumors and then there's rumors. >> and then we have this. charlie, as always, thank you very much. >> caller: any time. >> the stock was up close to 7%, dropping back just a little bit, but, still, popping on the news that carl icahn increasing his state in herbal life to 13.6%, and he can take it up to 25%. >> right. a good point, this is a lot of money we talk about. beyond hatred. >> beyond the hatred.
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>> i think, but what do i know. charlie knows more than i. let's go to the floor. nicole has more on this. hey, nicole. >> that's right. ten minutes ago, i showed you the crowd standing here when the stock was halted. look at herbal life, up 6.8% at $40 even. also, what do you make of this; right? you know, obviously, some tough bad blood. you think icahn is a true believer in herbal life? >> upping the stake in the nature, certainly higher than ordinary get unless he was just going to take the company out. this is about putting bill on his back. >> you think so, huh? >> i do. >> swressing you say that. he's been really a very adamant about the fact he thinks the whole thing is a pyramid ponzi scheme and the guy shorting herbal life. icahn putting guys on the board, two of them, and upping the
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stake. you don't think he's a long term believer in this one? >> i can't get inside of mr. icahn's mine and what he does. >> that's true. >> every move he said and statement made on this deal appears he wants to purr ri -- bury bill. that's what he's doing. once he gets on the board, it will be more difficult to make money. >> a real battle of the big guys. >> it really is. fun to watch actually. >> quick on the all-time highs, closer and closer, 25 points away. >> yeah, exactly, we'll see. somebody wants to push it up there, fundamentals or not, doesn't surprise me a bit. >> back to you. >> fundamentals or not, that's right. thank you so much. >> like the home run derby, right? >> that's true. fact or fiction, rally, doesn't matter. tax flight, arizona, trying to recruit tax weary businesses to relocate. next, the arizona governor, jan brewer, why she says her state is better for business.
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>> breaking news oil closing
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down 71 cents at 92.05 a barrel, the lowest price so far this year. for the month, oil closing down 5.6%, its first monthly fall since october. >> huh. we've been talking about california all day. california's sky high tax inspired several states to actually set up recruiting offices in the golden state to lure away businesses. adam is live in palo o -- palo alto with a goff november the state. what's going on? >> i have a governor from arizona, jan brewer, joining us live on fox business because arizona, along with communities in virginia and other states, opened offices here, offices that have been open for quite some time to recruit, not only to relocate to their states, but expand in their states. why is arizona considered california ripe ground, to get businesses to leave? >> look at california with
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everything taking place, we believe arizona, by a long shot, is a lot moretive than what california has to offer. >> we have statistics why businesses move to arizona. for instance, look at the corporate tax rate. in arizona, the corporate tax rate is 6.9%, but in three years, it's going to drop 30%. in california, it's 8.4%. are the businesses, when they talk about at least expanding into arizona, is that one of the issues you hear? are there other issues? >> there's a concern about a lot of business things that impact their businesses, the quality of life, skilled work force state, and when i became governor, it was my major milestone, if you will, of my administration was to make arizona business friendly and let the world know we're open for business. >> when you talk about business friendly, there was a survey done here in california by the business round table, and 62% of the business leader surveyed said this state is very
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difficult, california's difficult to do business in. you talk about arizona. the cost of doing business is much cheaper in a place like phoenix. we have statistics, i don't think we'll pull the graphic, but, for instance, in phoenix, median price for a family home, $159,000. san jose, the area here in california, $535,000. to attract business, you look at the cost of labor and housing. it's a player for you? >> a huge player. it's the quality of life. a great lifestyle, the quality of life in a very much less expense. what i did when i became governor, the day i was sworn in, is i put a moratorium on rules and regulations, which in california, is a killer. you know, it makes business not able to function. there's a moratorium for stability. >> that's one of the things the business leaders we speak to here talk about being a negative for california, the regulation. there's fact that states will
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sometimes offer incentives for businesses to relocate or expand. arizona offers incentives, but it's done differently in other states, that, fringe, if you have a tax credit for research and development. intel expanding investments in arizona, but they don't get the tax credit until they meet a certain threshold? >> we believe in performance. if they perform, they get the tax incentive. it works well for the state, the taxpayers of arizona, and for the business, and it's encouraging to have a goal to reach. >> governor of arizona, jan brewer, thank you for joining me. see the governor in a longer form interview at 5 p.m. with melissa francis. she has jamie dimon, and we'll have the lieutenant governor of california to respond to the governor and other critics saying business is bad in california. we'll have a response in one hourment back to you. >> thank the arizona governor,
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jan brewer. i love that, she said, we want performance. >> that's right. >> do something. >> put up or shut up. it is a quarter till. time for stocks, a busy day for nicole on the floor of the new york stock exchain. at one point, 15 points or there abbut. >> exciting day; right? an exciting time. we've been waiting to see how close and how fast we'd get back to the highs set back in 2007. as you noted, ashley, it's been busy, 15 points from the all-time closing high we set back on object 9th. the vix, the fear index, pulled back. one thing that was concernedd yesterday, for example, gained, didn't see heavy volume. that's something to watch in the back half of the trading day. where's the volume and conviction? however, you have to note there's gainers, retail, drugs, banks, oil services, transports, owl -- all in a day where the dollar is stronger. not easy to take off in the mapper with a strong dollar the way we are. commodities pulling back.
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take a look at pandora, certainly, one we continue to watch. they pay a lot in royalties and had rising royalty costs. they are going to introduce a 40-hour per month limit on the free listening of, of course, their limit. down 4.2%. back to you. >> all right, nicole, thank you very much. >> all right, so can the 2013 rally last all the way into march? which is tomorrow. [laughter] derek levy is here next. >> just one day. today's winners and lossers on the nasdaq. we'll be right back. ♪ friday night, buddy.
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>> moody's says they continue to have concerns about companies that borrowed heavily to issue special dividends before that big federal tax hike. liz mcdonald on this story, joining us with the bottom line, liz? >> continuing fallout. companies trying to beat that year end deadline, that tax hike on dividends rose to nearly 24% under obama care and federal tax code. what we see now is moody's has a report, hey, watch out, there's a bunch of concerns out there, and they are worried about a whole number of companies that have, basically, not just borrowed, but using up the cash on the balance sheet to issue the special dividends and advance the tax hikes. you'll see on the screen, that
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conos is added, and hsa, a hospital operator, and other companies borrowed on the list, but the big deal, watch for the investors, all the stocks, watch out, balance sheets could be under pressure. some of the companies used up to 30% or more of the cash equivalent on their balance sheets. the fact they are using cash to issue the dividends, that's a big deal to the ratings agencies. they are watching to see if the companies, bow rowing costs or pressure down the road, and any downdraft in the market. those are the stocks to watch for in case there's any of a downdraft in the market. back to you. >> all right, liz, thanks so much. >> all right. well, stocks on track to score another winning month. dow and s&p near record highs. where do we go from here? joining us with much more, senior equity strategist, jared levy in the house. that's rare. >> good to be here. >> a good day too, because the weather's been awful. [laughter] what do you think about the market? >> so so much butter today.
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>> so much. >> i talked for the past two months, i got more bullish. i have not got bullish because the markets are that much better, but it's just really there's no other place to go. >> yeah. >> there's a lot of momentum now, and economic data is just sort of status quo, which is fine, and what's interesting is investors are not looking for anything crazy or blowout numbers from anything. remember, there's the caveat from the fed that if things are too good, we pull the punch bowl. >> why not get the retail guy back? >> what's that? >> the retail guy won't come back, you guys, the traders, are the ones making money these days. >> that's true. the fact is the retail trader looked around him or her and sees things not good, businesses failing, see companies closing down, you know, jpmorgan is laying off folks. the point being is on main street, it has not gotten better, but, remember, it's not about objectivity.
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it's about subjectivity, about what we feel as traders. on the trading side, it's moving. >> the all-time high, you don't buy we'll tip back 5%? >> i buy that. you know, i'm glad you brought it up. look at the russell 2,000, it's been making a series of lower highs and lower lows over the past couple weeks, indicative of pull back. i look at the russell because the small caps, listen, folks invest in small caps take bigger risk. if it looks weak, and if it doesn't hit 919 in the next day, there's a pull back. watch it closely. that's all we'll see is the 4% to 5%, and then we keep going. >> where should retail investors put the money? apple, first of all, you were standard mortality standard mortality -- you were shorting and what are you doing now? >> shaken out sort of the, you know, sally come lately traders, and the folks remaining in apple are the die hards. the news is out.
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you know, we know they have got off track. we know the -- they will be releasing probably cheaper iphones, good in the short term. i don't like apple long term, it's losing its pizazz. if you buy it, it's cheap enough, you shouldn't get hurt too too much. >> you're buying? >> buying it here. >> okay. you are buying reits. there's two on the list. >> pmc is one i like. it is one of those stocks where it's not well-known, but what you need to know it this. it's a stock that basically buys disstressed debt. you know, mortgages that are not performing, get them pennys on the dollarment you guys came in in the mess of 2000, 2009, gobbled up the mess and the money. the stock's cheap enough, the earnings growth, a good deal. >> and beneficial tax treatment on the reit too. rainier as well. >> people want to make money
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with housing with rates low. i don't like housing so much, not jazzed about it. rainier lumber company, -- >> timber. >> timber. price of lumber, through the roof. >> i know, everyone's doing any construction complains about it. you had trees on the list. thank you so much. >> great to be with you. >> great stuff. the cachet of business class without the heavy ticket price for a small price. sounds good. united offers average passenger perks with the frequent fliers for as little as nine bucks, united's premier access gives priority boarding, zip through the security lines, you might think it upsets the airlines elite high paying business travelers, but they will limit the number of premier customers to avoid hold ups on the jetways so for nine bucks, be a big
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shot. liz claman goes through the last hour of trading, one of the tough strategists on wall street of ubs telling us if the rally has legs with the dow near all time highs. "countdown cot -- "countdown to the closing bell," it's next.
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